Top Tourist Places To Visit in West Coast

  • West Coast
  • New Zealand
  • Country New Zealand.
  • Area


  • Currency New Zealand dollar (NZ$).
  • Region South Island.
  • Geographic Coordination 42.6°S 171.4°E.
  • Population 32,300 June 2008 estimate.

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West Coast Overview

Abundant wildlife, unusual kiwi and white heron (Kotuku), dolphins and a variety of unique native alpine flora, secure colonies, the rarest penguins of the world, this 600 kilometer long region (no wider than 70 Kms at any point) serves as a time capsule, revealing what our country might have looked like before humans arrived some 1000 years ago.

With towering mountains, vast podocarp forests, temperate coastal forests, clear, clean rivers and lakes, accessible glaciers, diverse wetlands, wild beaches and long fascinating caves, the West Coast is a wonderland of natural features just waiting to be explored.

Climate and Geography

New Zealand weather is regarded as "temperate oceanic" and the official description of the West Coast climate is Maritime Temperate.

Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months) : Spring.


There are different ways for you to explore this stunning region. From rental vehicles to passenger trains and on-demand taxi services. Travelling here is so much more than getting from A to B.

Getting Around : → Air : - Two airports - Westport and Hokitika - provide air links to and from the West Coast. → Coach : - InterCity Coachlines and Newmans Coachlines have a nation-wide network including daily scheduled coach services to the West Coast region, from both northern and southern directions. Other local companies operate services to and from this region. → Rail : - Greymouth is the main rail terminus for the West Coast region. The 'TranzAlpine' is a daily service between Christchurch and Greymouth.

Shopping and Entertainment

The West Coast is a haven for artisans who gain inspiration from the landscape and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that exists here. An extensive range of galleries and craft shops showcase locally made pieces. As well as the traditional mediums used in arts and crafts, the West Coast is home to some unique New Zealand resources.

Jade (Pounamu or Greenstone, as it is also known) has its only significant source on the South Island's West Coast. Treasured by the Maori for its incredible strength and beauty, it plays a significant part in Maori culture as a much sought after and sacred resource. Today it is carved into magnificent sculptures and jewellery pieces, which are exhibited in galleries throughout the region.

The geological forces that combined to create Jade deposits also produced another unique gemstone - Ruby Rock. Found nowhere else in the world, beautiful jewellery pieces are created from this stone.

Entertainment : Catering to the needs of all the budgets, West Coast has got a variety of activities to offer that ranges from theatre, music, opera, pubs, casino's and horse riding apart from various other offers.

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